This Halloween, Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic Kids are encouraging all trick-or-treaters to Cause An Uproar and collect change along with their candy to support National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term effort to halt the decline of these animals in the wild.
Big cats have captured our imaginations for hundreds of years with their strength, skill and beauty. From The Lion King to Winnie the Pooh’s best friend Tigger, big cats have always resonated with American audiences of all ages. But illegal hunting, habitat loss and retaliatory killings are
causing lions, tigers and other felines to vanish at an alarming rate along with their defining roar. As keystone predators, ironically the fate of big cats is critical to the survival of their prey as well as surrounding ecosystems. “We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” said National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dereck Joubert, who, with National Geographic, launched the Big Cats Initiative. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.”
Free Trick-or-Treat for Big Cats collection boxes are available at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, participating schools, National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at causeanuproar.org, where people can request boxes sent directly to homes, schools, clubs and other community locations. Everyone who participates is eligible to receive a thank-you gift, including magazine subscriptions, apparel and digital downloads (eligibility based on the amount of funds submitted by November 30, 2011). Detailed information on gifts and how
to participate can be found at www.causeanuproar.org.
Parents, kids, teachers and big cat lovers nationwide are encouraged to visit National Geographic’s dedicated website www.causeanuproar.org, for free, fun and creative resources such as original Big Cat costumes, masks, face painting, cat-o-lantern pumpkin carvings and other feline festivities. October’s Halloween-themed National Geographic Kids magazine also features make-your-own Big Cat costume ideas and fun Halloween facts.
“Trick-or-Treat for Big Cats is a way for children and parents to have fun and make a real difference at the same time,” said Alexander Moen, vice president, Explorer Programs, National Geographic Society. “The Big Cats Initiative is working with scientists and conservationists around the world to halt the decline of these iconic animals. By supporting their work, together we can ensure that future generations won’t talk about big cats the way we now talk about dinosaurs.”
Money collected will fund research, education and real-world solutions to help stem and eventually reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations. Current projects include livestock protection (which includes construction of predator-proof livestock enclosures), building partnerships with local communities, conservation education, capacity building and outreach campaigns.